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What to Pack for a Tropical Surf Trip!

You have picked your destination, chosen your trip, have been mid-surfing epic surf and now you’re getting ready for heading to the tropics!

Nothing is worse than arriving and realising you have left something important at home (trust us, we have forgotten too many essentials before!). Whether you are heading to Indonesia, the Maldives, or Fiji, this list of what to pack for your surf trip has got you covered!

If you haven’t already booked your trip, you can see our full range of destinations here! If you want to discuss any trip with one of our team, just send us a message!

What to Pack for a Tropical Surf Trip

When packing for a surf trip in the tropics, it is good to think of the waves that you plan on surfing and plan accordingly. These are likely very different from what you get to surf in your home country, so bear this in mind when selecting boards etc. If you are looking to push yourself, then a step-up, with a bit more volume is a good choice to bring.

For more mellow waves, a fish or a funboard can be a great choice and we would always recommend you bring your day-to-day board as well. If you have any questions about suitable boards, just ask any of our team and we will be able to help!

Generally, a lot of the surf in the tropics is in more remote regions, so we always recommend that you assume that there will not be a surf shop to purchase spares from and to bring enough of everything with you. This saves you missing sessions if you snap a leash at a remote reef pass!

We would recommend all travelers bring the following:

  • Surf Boards – The most important piece of equipment for your trip! Generally, we recommend bringing 2-3 boards to suit different conditions and waves. Just ask one of our team if you want any advice on what boards to bring, we love to chat about all things surf!
  • Fins – Your usual fins plus a spare set and fin key.
  • Leashes – 2 – 3 leashes in case any break. We recommend thicker leashes as you may be surfing heavier/more powerful waves than at home!
  • Wax – Tropical wax and lots of it!
  • Zinc and Sunscreen – Having a quality sunblock and zinc will maximise your tie in the surf and minimise the time spent looking like a lobster!
  • Rash Guard or T-Shirts – It is great to surf without a top or in a bikini but we recommend having something to cover your skin in the middle of the day.
  • Clothes – Bring what you feel comfortable in and we recommend some long sleeve shirts for the evenings.
  • Books or Kindle – Great to enjoy when there is some downtime.
  • Portable Speaker
  • Ding Repair Kit – A Solarez quick ding repair kit is great for getting you back in the water quickly if you damage your board. We really like the Solarez kits here.
  • Any special snacks that you like to have.
  • Basic First Aid Kit – Having a small first aid kit to deal with small cuts and scrapes is invaluable when in more remote areas.
  • Reef Booties – If you want to protect your feet from coral then reef boots are great!
  • Travel Documents and Passport – Make sure that all documents are correct and up-to-date.
  • Travel Insurance – This is a must-have! Please make sure to have a copy of it with you and all emergency numbers saved in your phone! You can get quotes from our partner WordNomads here!

Once you have ticked off everything on the list above, you should be ready to go. Being properly prepared for your surf trip will mean you can make the most of your time there with as little hassle as possible!

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Justin West 19/04/2022

I run surf coaching trips to perfect, uncrowded waves and I relied on the AWAVE team to deliver for my clients a month long boat trip to the Maldives. We had great waves on an absolutley 5* boat called North Seven which I REALLY recommend you enquire about.

I was dubious at first as a few boats were changed, in for repair but James assured me correctly this was a usual thing and they would endevour to find us the very best replacement (which they did). North Seven was so new we were the third guests but the crew were super experienced and could not have given us a better service. Captain Usmaan, the Chef great food, Hasan and Azim our surf boat operators could not have worked any harder and always had a smile even after the 50th request to speed us to the line up or spend four hours cruising looking or waves.

AWAVE team were always on hand to answer any fears and smooth out any worries. The payment system using Revolut was super easy.

We did have a few hiccups with the local airlines which was resolved and partly our fault (as for a month trip we took alot of surfboards and in some cases were over weight).

Take the fear out of booking and especially group bookings by using the AWAVE team. Justin West Coaching recommended.

Alex J. Zalewski II 12/11/20

These guys are the BEST! Massively knowledgeable, fun and absolute shredders. I approached them asking for a UK winter getaway somewhere in the Indian Ocean and they suggested the perfect place, awesome setup with the beach a short stroll from my accommodation with 3 sick waves breaking over reefs to chose from. Real life doesn’t get much better than this. I also popped my barrel cherry in a big way on this trip so it was a truely memorable one. James also somehow wangled a boat charter to some super remote islands where we scored epic surf and landed some massive fish. James’ broken Indonesian language skills will get you places. Thanks again guys you rock.

Christine Losser 04/27/21

James was very helpful and always there to answer all the questions. I will definitely book again with him!

Mark Carless 05/11/21

James is a super knowledgeable surfer with a great ability to match any trip requirements to the right locations. He has arranged several trips for me and my friends in France, Morocco and more recently Indonesia. Awave have a great knowledge of all the surf spots and will go the extra mile to make sure your trip is all set up. With limited time to do this myself their service was invaluable.

Andrea Gomez 05/19/21

Giuliana has been amazing to work with!! She was always available and answered all my questions. Thank you for all your help! We can't wait for our trip!

Adam 05/23/21

Fantastic service from start to finish from James and his team. After having several ‘self organised’ trips to Asia end with only a handful of good surf days I decided this time to use Awave in hope of maximising my valuable holiday time. James custom built a trip for me and my friends tailored for our abilities and requirements. There were no days wasted waiting for transfers as he organised it all from the airport to the beach. We scored pretty much every day whilst also having a surf trip that had that ‘off the beaten track’ feel we wanted. To round it off there was also a secret boat trip in the end where we surfed an awesome spot just us...Unforgettable. Will be using again.

Micio Pardo 07/13/21

Fantastic service and support from Giulia during our trip. During a self organised trip to Maldives, we ended up in a sketchy situation: the hotel was far from the described plus the owner 'forgot' to mention that the whole island was in lockdown for a covid emergency. I quickly realized that I would need support and the best in class. That's when I decided to use Awave! Giulia answered reactively and custom built several solutions for me and my girlfriend, based on what feasible, our budget and surfing preferences!! No other words needed. Thanks Giulia, we'll be in touch again!

Caroline 07/18/21

A wave travel were great! They helped me organize my trip to Sumatra. I would definitely book with them again!

Harry Vargas 07/19/21

My friends and I recently went on a trip to the Maldives. We booked a week on the Hudhuranfushi resort which was amazing! The staff was very welcoming, flawless facilities and tasty food. One day our surf guide Ryan caught a fish and made some sashimi on the spot! I think that was pretty thoughtful! Awave agency really made sure all our needs where met as we where a big group of friends. A very personal approach and clear communication. Epic surf, great service, memories of a lifetime! I highly recommend traveling with Awave!

A. Laprell 09/03/21

I had just arrived in Bali when the whole of Indonesia went into lockdown again. Despite travel restrictions such as mandatory vaccination and PCR tests, flight cancellations and even the fast ferries to the Mentawis being cancelled, Giulia tried everything to get me there. It was a hell of a trip to get there but totally worth it.

I scored pristine and empty Mentawis. The resort was affordable yet very luxurious given the remoteness. And with their great surf guide and their boat, I scored amazing empty waves!